Berian Flipping over Trip to Olympics in 800 Meters
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Boris Berian completed his journey from a burger flipper to Olympian, finishing second in the men's 800-meter final at track trials Monday to book his trip to Brazil.
Alysia Montano had no such luck. The runner who was cheated out of a medal by dopers at the last Olympics got tripped up on the second lap of the women's 800 final and did not finish.
Kate Grace, Ajee Wilson and Chrishuna Williams made the 800 team for the women; Clayton Murphy and Charles Jock join Berian on the men's side. Former Minnesota runner Harun Abda did not make the cut, finishing seventh in the men's finals.
Sam Kendricks won the pole vault to make his first Olympics, four years after coming to trials, but getting bumped off the start list at the last minute by higher qualifiers.
Former Gopher Sean Donnelly competes later this week in the hammer throw while Ben Blankenship will compete in the 1500 meters.
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